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Asha Nayak,
MD, PhD

Vice President, Venture Investments

Asha joined Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC) as Vice President, Venture Investments, in July, 2020. She is based in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center in California. Asha’s responsibilities are focused on investing in and managing portfolio investments in Consumer Health.

Asha has 10+ years of healthcare-focused venture capital experience.  Most recently, she was a strategic advisor to multiple Silicon Valley healthcare companies and investment firms, and served as an Independent Director at Sage Therapeutics and HD Medical.  Previously, Asha was Chief Medical Officer at Intel Corporation where she led technology development programs and guided Intel’s healthcare investment strategy. Before that, she invested in medical devices at New Leaf Venture Partners, and led the development of advanced cardiovascular technologies at Medtronic, Inc.

Throughout her career, Asha has maintained an active clinical practice at the Stanford VA Hospital and is a regular speaker on Healthcare Innovation at Stanford’s Executive Education Program. She has 21 patents and is published in several textbooks and peer-reviewed journals.

Asha holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Florida State University, and a M.D. & Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship program at Stanford University.

Asha Nayak
Asha Nayak